Skip Navigation LinksDEP > Citizens > Just For Kids > Falcons > Glossary

Glossary

Vocabulary Words

Advocate A person who pleads for a cause or has an idea to share.

Archive A place containing historical records, stories and documents.

Aviary A building where birds are kept.

Bioaccumulation Levels of substances build up and become concentrated as they work their way up the food chain. 

Biodiversity The variety of species, their genetic make-up and the natural communities in which they occur.

Biologist A scientist who studies living things.

Brood One or more young birds cared for at one time.

Conservation The preservation and careful management of the environment and of natural resources.

Extinct No longer in existence; lost or especially having died out leaving no living representatives.

Falconer A person who breeds and trains hawks and who follows the sport of falconry.

Hybrid Produced by crossbreeding.

Incubation To sit on eggs and provide heat for healthy egg development and hatching.
 
Majestic Having or displaying great dignity or nobility.

Ornithologist A scientist who studies birds.

Raptor Any of numerous meat eating birds that hunt and kill other animals.

Rehabilitation Caring for animals affected with some physical injury, so that some or all of their lost ability may be regained.